Making Use of Video

Why use video?

Audiovisual material provides a rich medium for learning and teaching =. Video can effectively communicate complex information to a student and, if used creatively, can become a powerful expressive tool.

What resources do we have?

The university has a variety of resources to support you using video in your content:

  • BoB – Box of Broadcasts enables all staff and students in USW to view and/or record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels and embed it into their Blackboard materials. It has an archive of over 1million programmes already recorded.
  • eStream – eStream is the university’s own video platform and is used for hosting and streaming recordings made by university staff/students.
  • Media services- The Media Services team provide bookable equipment loans through the Connect2 service.

Getting the best out of it

There are a huge number of ways to use video to create engaging, memorable and motivating learning experiences. You might want to record lectures or additional learning materials to use as a revision tool, give video-feedback to add a personal touch, or set students a video-creation assignment exercise to stimulate creative thinking and active learning.

If you’re asking students to watch a video then JISC advises three key steps to frame the video in activity to prevent it from becoming a passive viewing experience:

  • Explain why they need to watch and point out any elements to look out for or critique.
  • Simple tasks or pre-defined pause points for reflection may aid focus and engagement.
  • After viewing incorporate this watching into a task – a forum discussion, report, or reflection will help studnts to understand how the video fits with other learning materials.

Consider how you might integrate videos into your module. How could you frame them to encourage student engagement?

Planning video content

Creating and using video and audio content as part of your learning materials can require a lot of planning to make sure that it’s fit for purpose and appropriate for the type of learning you want your students to do. You can check out our planning pages for help and guidance on things like scripting, locations, audio, and selecting appropriate materials.

How to guides

We’ve put together a range of simple guides to get you started on how add video content to your learning materials. Select from the following to learn more about it.